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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 02 February 2023
The five smaller heads of Pakistan are hoping that the big head—the ‘establishment’ aka the army—will lead them out of disaster.   Yes, things are looking very grim and, one by one, the doors are shutting. The ‘true friend’ (whose friendship is taller than mountains, deeper than...

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Sophia Kovatch, Pamela Colloff  and   Brett Murphy (ProPublica) 01 February 2023
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   It’s been decades since the intersection of forensic science and criminal justice first became a pop culture phenomenon, popularized by countless TV shows, movies and books. But the public’s growing awareness of forensic techniques...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 January 2023
While the members of Parliament (MPs) have been demanding statistics in both Houses, about the number of instances in which the 2009 Blocking Rules were invoked to block public access to content on various social and digital media and getting no specific replies, a right to information (RTI)...

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Anna Clark (ProPublica) 25 January 2023
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   A number of tests used by patients to make major health care decisions have once again escaped regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, following intensive lobbying on behalf of test-makers, professional associations and...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 23 January 2023
The Pakistani armed forces (army for short)—is a truly multi-functional organisation, not just the country’s war machine and the defender of its borders.   What are the ‘many things’ that I have referred to?  Let me tell you.    The Pakistan army has many ‘activities’ which...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 20 January 2023
Vinesh Phogat, a triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist, along with other Olympians and nationally-acclaimed wrestlers, has gone public with charges of sexual harassment by a member of Parliament (MP) from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and coaches, by sitting in a dharna at Jantar Mantar in...

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Amitabha Banerjee Amitabha Banerjee 16 January 2023
Ravana had 10 heads and (presumably) one neck and one body.   Pakistan has six heads, one neck and one body.   To amplify   - Heads: army, politicians, bureaucracy, jagirdars, religious groups and big business. - Neck: middle class. - Body: ignorant, poor...

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The Jharkhand High Court has questioned the state government over the Information Commission not being functional in the state.   The High Court also sought an answer on the vacant post of the chairman in the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC).   While hearing a...

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Akshay Naik 14 January 2023
Elizabeth Dias is a 54-year-old widow, a mother of two sons and earns a living by cleaning flats and office premises for a meagre Rs6,000 per month.   She's the prime earner in their family. Her husband Anthony, was a daily wage earner who climbed coconut trees for a living and had...

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China is to take "golden shares" in two of its biggest tech companies, Alibaba and Tencent, as Beijing extends its influence on the country's star tech firms and its most powerful and wealthy business people, media reports said.   Beijing's move marks a shift away from imposing hefty...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 13 January 2023
A right to information (RTI) applicant, who sought information on whether the central bureau of investigation (CBI) had filed a first information report (FIR) as requested by the Bank of Baroda against one of its borrowal accounts which was termed as fraudulent, was denied information under...

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A glitch in the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) software, which grounded thousands of flights in the country earlier this week, is at least 30 years old and six years away from being updated, the media reported on Friday.   As a result of a massive nationwide technical...

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Peter Elkind (ProPublica) 12 January 2023
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   After six years of failed efforts by the IRS, Justice Department and lawmakers, new legislation is expected to prevent the worst abuses of a tax-avoidance scheme that has cost the U.S.   Treasury billions of dollars. Tucked...

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All flights across the US currently remain grounded after a huge computer outage left the passengers stranded, international media reported.   Passengers have been left waiting on the tarmac after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suffered a nationwide system error, which has...

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The government has increased ethanol blending in petrol from 1.53 per cent in 2013-14 to 10.17 per cent in 2022 and advanced its target to achieve 20 per cent ethanol blending in petrol from 2030 to 2025-26, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Puri said on Tuesday.   He said that India has...

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued a set of guidelines for offline verification seeking entities (OVSEs) highlighting several usage hygiene issues and ways to further enhance people's trust while using Aadhaar voluntarily for lawful purposes.   Entities...

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Jamtara, the city in Jharkhand that is known as the phishing capital of India, has extended its boundaries.   The maximum cyber crime cases are now being reported from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, apart from Bharatpur in Rajasthan and Mewat in Haryana.   In the past few months,...

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Anjeanette Damon (ProPublica) 03 January 2023
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to churn, Medicare spending on testing for the virus continued to increase in 2022 and is outpacing the two prior years.   Through Oct. 31, Medicare had spent $2 billion on COVID-19 tests...

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Popular online food delivery platform Grubhub will pay $3.5 million for charging customers hidden fees and using deceptive marketing techniques to increase profits in violation of consumer protection laws in the US.   Grubhub will pay $800,000 to Washington, DC as a civil penalty...

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IANS 31 December 2022
The government in The Bahamas has seized $3.5 billion in FTX digital assets, as its former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried faces a trial in the US.   The country's Securities Commission took control of the assets soon after the crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy in the US in November, reports...

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